May 4, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

This sweetheart was happy to see her momma.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!!!

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May 3, 2011

Social Petworking

by Bonnie Best

Sometimes I get so caught up in pet sitting and networking online that I forget about the real world. Lucky for me I have Yelp.

Have you all used Yelp for pet-friendly events and places, reviews and such? Well, my latest Yelp email absolutely brightened my day. The title came in – “Yelp’s Social Petworking”. Now isn’t that catchy?

It made me realize that we get so obsessed with checking our Facebook, tweeting, blogging about topics we think people care about, and updating our LinkedIn profile that we forget that our pets want to network, too!

And what better way to open up new networking opportunities for our loved ones than to visit Yelp for social events tailored to them! Like up and coming dog parks, expos or dog-friendly cafes – pet stores, dog yoga, and SO MUCH MORE.

If you haven’t visited the pet category/section of your local Yelp online, you need to. I could spend all day on it. But instead, I’d rather get off this computer and take my dogs out to “petwork”.  Might even take them to the Phoenix Pet Expo this Saturday.

Again, as my Yelp email phrased it – “It’s time to strap on that leash and take advantage of the local, canine-friendly hot spots that will have us slobbering in anticipation!”

Have fun and let me know what new things you hear about on your Yelp!

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May 1, 2011

The Power of Magic

by Bonnie Best

This is a great service story – everyone could use some horse therapy!

At first, “Magic” sounded perfect. The bay American Quarter Horse gelding had it all; he had jumped, been a pony horse at a polo barn, showed dressage, been trail-ridden and had his breed’s classic kind temperament.

His owner, Jody Lynn McBrien, described him to Gail Clifton of the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) in Bradenton, Florida, hoping to donate him to the therapeutic riding program.

“And then Jody said, ‘Well, I need to tell you the rest of the story,” Gail recalls with a smile. “He’s blind…. He has no eyeballs.”

Magic had suffered from chronic uveitis since the age of 3, when Jody bought him. Around age 5, he lost the sight in one of his eyes, and a year later he went completely blind. Jody continued to ride and show him; she had his eyes removed because they were painful.

Gail had immediate reservations, but after riding Magic for herself, SMART took Magic and introduced him to the parents and children. “He was extraordinary,” Gail says. “All the kids love him.”

“Kids with autism don’t usually make eye contact. They’ll look everywhere else but in your eyes. And here they can look at Magic and he doesn’t look back. Those kids are always exploring his eye sockets and getting up to his face and smelling him, which they won’t do with the other horses.”

The American Quarter Horse Foundation, through its Equine Research grant program, partnered with the University of Florida on a study researching horses like Magic with eye infections causing blindness. The study showed some drug combinations have the potential to minimize the time, stress and fatigue associated with topical treatment regimens for certain eye infections thus making the horse owner or veterinarian’s job easier and thus more successful.

I invite you to learn more about the equine research projects of the American Quarter Horse Foundation and how together we become a formidable team that enhances the health and future of America’s Horse.

With the help of loving AQHA Members like you, we are improving the lives of American Quarter Horses and the people who love them all over the world.

Interested in donating? Go for it!

April 28, 2011

Ollie, Ollie, Ollie

by Bonnie Best

Wanted to share with you a story from a friend of mine, Robert Payne. Enjoy!

Every once in a while I meet a dog that just stands out more than others, and Ollie literally stands out, and above, most in both size and personality! Just take a look at this magnificent boy!

I first started in the “show world” with Shetland sheepdogs. They had been the breed I grew up with, and when I first went to a show in the mountains of Vermont, at the Green Mountain Kennel Club, I was hooked on the competition. The dogs all in top condition amazed me. I purchased my first sheltie from a women in Stowe Vermont. He was a blue merle named Max, I did take him onto finish his AKC Championship and I bred him to one bitch, and kept a puppy from that breeding, and also put her Championship on her. This was back in 1982, as I lived in the country, I often was in the woods walking and exploring, and the shelties just where not made for trekking through the woods.

One day, I happened upon what I thought were two deer playing in the woods. I silently watched them from a distance and realized they were not deer, but dogs, Great Danes to be exact. I struck up a friendship with the owners and after spending every weekend with these great people, and these fantastic beasts, I had fallen completely in love with the Great Dane, These dogs where fearless, funny, clumsy and graceful all at the same time. I became infatuated with one boy in particular. His name was Higgins (Yes after Magnum PI). I talked the owners into letting me have him and become his co owner. It was then that I was thrown head over heels into the real world of show dogs! Higgins went on to be the number one Great Dane for 3 years and still holds many records for his winning. Unfortunately he never produced anything as good as himself. My Dane numbers grew and I finally met my mentor and valued friend, Anita Dunne of Dundane Kennels. I ended up with 3 Danes from her, as you know Danes don’t live anywhere near as long as other breeds and I found it too hard to lose the members of my family every 5-8 years and decided enough was enough. I had experienced too many broken hearts. I took a 10 year hiatus from the breed and the ring.

I traveled a lot, and when my wanderlust ran its course, I settled down. After a short time I realized that I was missing something, it didn’t take me long to figure out it was, of course, a Dane. I contacted my old friend Anita whom had stopped breeding a few years previous, and told her I wanted to get back in to the breed. She happily bred her last bitch and gave me the pick male, who is now a star! He is one point away from finishing his Championship, and is just a beautiful, loving, and the most wonderful animal. He is truly my best friend. By print time I hope to have his Championship on him, and be on the way of repeating the year with his younger sister. Watch for updates on her in a future newsletter, that is, if Miss Bonnie allows us to brag!

If you would like more information on this majestic, sweet natured breed, contact the Great Dane Club of America  or Mr. Robert Payne by email or his cell: 702-752-4545.

You won’t find a more loyal, gentle companion as the gorgeous Great Dane!

Just look at this face! How can you say no?

 Baby Mae loves her big brother, too.

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April 28, 2011

Rev, Our Dynamo Dog

by Bonnie Best

Meet Rev Dahlberg, client of the month and our little dynamo dog!  Not only is Rev, (named for the family’s minister) a feisty little fellow, but he has character, class and intelligence all wrapped up in one little 15 pound ball of fur! He is the most aristocratic dog I have ever met; he knows exactly how the world is run –HIS way and would certainly be elected “King of the World” if he could! Sweet and meticulous, alert and confident, Rev is a joy to pet sit.  He is my “no muss, no fuss” little dog with a heart of gold!  I am so thankful he, and his human counterparts, Susan and his “grandpa” John  Dahlberg, (Rev’s true love!) found me to be his caretaker when his family is away!


Grandpa John is Rev’s “true love!”


Isn’t he playful?

April 27, 2011

BellaDOG & Dog Book Reviews

by Bonnie Best

Another to share!

Editor, Sheri-lyn Traylor, with BellaDOG, was kind enough to do an online feature of my book. I am so thankful for the mention. Online communities are an honor to be a part of. Read other dog book reviews here.

I recommend you check out the digital edition of their latest issue, too. It’s a great magazine, and one I always look for when I go to Barnes & Noble.  Helpful and exciting articles for both dog owners and pet sitters.

They also have a blog, called The Dog Blog – check it out! Their most recent post was adorable.

Thanks BellaDOG!!!

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April 27, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

So precious.

April 21, 2011

Japanese Dog Found Alive at Sea

by Bonnie Best

I’ve been wanting to post this story about the dog that was found at sea after the tsunami in Japan. It’s just remarkable.

Against All Odds: Japanese Dog Found Alive at Sea Three Weeks After Tsunami

Miraculous: three weeks after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, a dog was found alive at sea by the Japanese Coast Guard. According to The Daily Mail, the dog survived by living in a partially submerged house that was swept to sea.

Rescuers had hoped to find more tsunami survivors living inside the house but after tearing the roof open, it was found to be empty apart from the dog.

Despite its three weeks at sea, the medium-sized brown dog seemed to be in reasonably good condition considering its ordeal.

The discovery of the dog is a rare glimmer of hope in Japan where thousands of people are believed to have perished in the disaster.

And, guess what? They found the owner and they reunited!

Watch below!

This brings such happiness to my heart and hope for the communities of Japan.

April 20, 2011

Animal Wellness

by Bonnie Best

Here I am again, talking about myself. I’m just so excited, I can’t hold it in!

We received a surprise in the mail today – a copy of the April/May issue of Animal Wellness.  And guess who was featured?? Me. Well, my book mostly.

For the story, you can pick up the recent issue of Animal Wellness or subscribe online for print or digital issues.

It’s really an AMAZING magazine, with articles you’ll take to heart, like their Spring into Fitness article. The magazine is full of valuable tips and stories you can apply to your own lives with your pets.

I’d like to send a special thanks to editor, Ann Brightman, for featuring my book. You are fabulous, Ann!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! And thank you Animal Wellness!

Bonnie

April 20, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

Saw this commercial and had to post it. A very clever marketing message at the end.

Enjoy and happy Wednesday!